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CuratorHead of MarketingRetail SupervisorWelcome Host




Hours / contract:  Full-Time / Permanent

Location:  Portsmouth

Salary: Circa £30k per annum


This position offers a rare opportunity to acquire a deep knowledge of the collection and archive and to contribute to curation and exhibition development for the future.

You will create and deliver high quality, engaging exhibitions, displays and public events, ensure that exhibition development remains rooted in integrity, authenticity, sound research and compelling storytelling.  You will inspire others with the evolving Mary Rose story, from staff and volunteers to potential donors and external partners, whilst ensuring that Mary Rose’s profile and reputation in the academic and specialist world remains high.

Key Duties

  • To develop a deep knowledge and understanding of the collection and archive.
  • To develop themes that relate artefacts/stories to contemporary audiences as well as within the wider Tudor context.
  • To originate content for new exhibitions and experiences.
  • To keep abreast of latest creative interpretation and presentation techniques.
  • To ensure that current and future exhibitions are accessible to all.
  • To maintain high standards of presentation, refreshing aspects when necessary.
  • To work with colleagues to select artefacts for conservation and display.
  • To encourage and facilitate research into the collection, both internally and through fostering external partnerships.
  • To collect, record and catalogue research information; ensuring that the knowledge is safeguarded.
  • To strive to publish research within journals, exhibition catalogues, Mary Rose publications or online.
  • To share knowledge with staff and volunteers through lectures and tours.
  • To present at conferences and workshops.
  • To ensure that Mary Rose maintains a strong public profile in academic areas of speciality, the museum sector and the wider public.

This is a unique opportunity to make a difference for a national icon.  To apply, please submit your CV, and covering letter outlining with examples why you meet the criteria of the role profile at the link below.

This post has a minimum requirement of two references which must be your current or most recent employer.

Closing date: Friday 1st October 2021 at 5pm

Interview: Wednesday 20th/Thursday 21st October 2021


CLOSED - Head of Marketing

Hours / contract:  Full-Time / Permanent

Location:  Portsmouth

Salary: £35k per annum


The Mary Rose Trust is responsible for conserving and displaying the Mary Rose hull and her unique collection of artefacts for this and future generations.  It is also responsible for developing the museum as a world-class visitor experience and as a scientific and educational resource. 

We are seeking to appoint a Head of Marketing to be responsible for budgeted ticket and group/trade sales, through optimum pricing, promotions, marketing initiatives and programming. Working alongside colleagues in the National Museum of the Royal Navy the post holder will be responsible for the destination marketing of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and be an integral part of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Operations Ltd Wider Marketing Team.  The post holder will ensure the customer visitor experience is excellent and the needs of different customer segments are met.  The role scope will vary from big picture strategic planning to hands on marketing activities.  Working closely with the Head of Development you will ensure good publicity for the Mary Rose through traditional and digital media, ensuring maximum and profitable ticket sales.

To succeed in this role, you will need to demonstrate:

  • At least 5 years’ experience in a marketing leadership role.
  • Track record of managing ticket sales and promotional partnerships that drive profitability
  • Experience of working with limited budgets
  • Experience of working with external marketing agencies
  • Ability to analyse business data and draw evidenced conclusions for implementation
  • Experience of working in multifunctional teams, managing staff and operating budgets
  • Background within the visitor attraction/heritage industry is not essential but highly desirable
  • Substantial knowledge of optimising marketing via the web, mobile and social networks
  • Ability to build strong, collaborative working relationships with stakeholders and external professionals.


The ideal candidate will have a degree or equivalent qualifications and have excellent verbal and written communication skills.  You will be an innovative and results focused individual who has the ability to juggle multiple priorities and be able to motivate a successful team.

This is a unique opportunity to make a difference for a national icon.  To apply, please submit your CV, and covering letter outlining with examples why you meet the criteria of the role profile at

Closing date: 22 September 2021

Interview: 6 October 2021

 If you have not heard from us by Friday 1st October you have not been shortlisted for interview on this occasion.


CLOSED - Retail Supervisor

Hours / contract:  Full-Time / Permanent

Location:  Portsmouth

Salary: £19,500 per annum


You will supervise the running of the Mary Rose retail operation so that it is commercially successful and consistently exceeds our visitors expectations. You will help ensure that the shop is an integral part of the visitor experience and reflects the iconic status of the Mary Rose museum. You will effectively stock and merchandise products to achieve stretching financial targets, maximise income and profitability. You will supervise a team of paid and voluntary retail team.

To succeed in this role, you will need to demonstrate:

Able to demonstrate strong customer service ethos.

  • Experience of buying retail lines and delivering margins.
  • Experience of managing stock control methods.
  • Experience in applying retail best practice across retail environment.
  • Experience of merchandising and adding theatre to displays.
  • Experience of growing spend per visitor.
  • Strong people skills enabling good relationships. With your team of staff and volunteers and the wider museum.
  • People management skills, supporting the setting of individual objectives and providing feedback for performance and development reviews.
  • Volunteer management skills.
  • Good financial acumen to maximise income and control costs.
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety compliance requirements.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to identify opportunities to develop the retail offer.
  • Competent IT skills, previous experience with retail management systems.
  • Understanding of undertaking online retail sales.

This is a unique opportunity to make a difference for a national icon.  To apply, please submit your CV, and covering letter stating why you would like the role and why you think you are suitable to

Closing date: Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Interview: Thursday 30th September 2021

If you have not heard from us by Friday 24th September you have not been shortlisted for interview on this occasion.


Welcome Host Team Members

Hours / contract:  Part Time 7.5hrs per week, Fixed Term until March 2022

Location:  Portsmouth

Salary: £9.64ph


To help us deliver an outstanding welcome to all our visitors we are looking to recruit two Welcome Host Team Members on part time fixed term contracts from October 2021 through to March 2022. 

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are committed to providing the very highest levels of customer service for all visitors on arrival at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. As a confident communicator you will be comfortable engaging with visitors to deliver an outstanding level of customer care, ensuring all are welcomed and assisted, and you will enjoy being part of a busy dynamic team with varying security related tasks.

Our Welcome Host Team Members work at the main visitor centre for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, you will spend time greeting visitors at the start of their visit creating a great first impression, and assist in the safety and security for visitors, staff and site by carrying out bag searching of all visitors on arrival, and other security related tasks.

Interested? Please email your CV to with a short covering letter explaining why you are the best candidate, outlining your previous experience in customer facing security roles, why you are interested in the position and indicating your general availability. You will need to be available Monday to Sunday as shift cover will be needed all week.

Closing Date: Monday 27 September

As we are looking for someone to join as soon as possible, we will interview for the role as applications are received, therefore please submit your application as soon as possible, as we may close the advert sooner if we find the right candidates.

Note:  This role is subject to a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of Naval Base Security Clearance. 



Join our award-winning team of volunteers

‘Being a volunteer is a privilege to be able to share knowledge of the Mary Rose to a large variety of visitors from all over the World.  It is interesting, fun and tremendously satisfying to be part of the team.’

Buggy Driver


We are currently recruiting a number of new Volunteer Buggy Drivers to assist those with mobility needs by driving between the entrance of the Historic Dockyard and the Mary Rose.  As a member of our team, full training will be provided.

One of our regular drivers had the following to say about driving the buggy: -

‘I had recently retired and was looking for an interest to fill my time.  I volunteer for the Mary Rose Museum as a buggy driver two days a week days.  It has given me the opportunity to meet visitors from all over the World and all walks of life.  I love to chat to them and listen to their enthusiasm regarding their Mary Rose experience.’

If you are over the age of 21, hold a full, clean driving licence, interested in volunteering at the Mary Rose and available from 09:45am-17:30 for at least one day each week, we would love to hear from you.

Welcome Volunteers


Work alongside our friendly Guest Relations Team at the entrance to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, you will meet and greet visitors and engage with them in making the most of their visit, including signposting to what is on that day.  You will also have the opportunity to assist with manning the information desk.

As part of our training scheme you will undergo an initial induction and full support and ongoing training will also be provided.

Interested in volunteering?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with us, are aged over the age of 16 and available from 09:45am-17:30 for at least one day each week we would like to hear from you. 

Fill out this form, and let us know you are interested. Our volunteer coordinator will be in touch within a few days.